RUGBY: Dwayne Peel to join coaching staff at Ulster

Dwayne Peel
Dwayne Peel
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Dwayne Peel is set to be confirmed as the latest addition to the Ulster backroom team, the News Letter can reveal.

The former British Lion and Wales scrumhalf is understood to have agreed a two-year deal with the Irish Province.

Dwayne Peel

Dwayne Peel

The confirmation from Kingspan Stadium - expected later on Wednesday - comes hot on the heels of the impressive capture of former All Black Jono Gibbes as Head Coach from next season.

Peel, capped 76 times for Wales and a member of the Grand Slam Six Nations teams of 2005 and 2008, is currently coaching at English Premiership club, Bristol.

He joined the then Championship side in 2014 but an ongoing shoulder injury forced him into premature retirement last March and he becoming backs and skills coach ahead of their promotion to the Premiership this season.

The 34-year-old, who toured with the British Lions to New Zealand in 2005. He also captained Wales during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Former Leinster and current Clermont Auvergne forwards coach Gibbes’ appointment for next season was a major coup for Ulster and in particular Kiss and operations director Bryn Cunningham.

They had identified potential coaching staff and with the support of the Ulster Professional Game Board, were able to make the approaches and get them to Belfast.

At yesterday’s media briefing ahead of this week’s Guinness PRO 12 game against Kiss did not elaborate on how the demarcation of the backroom staff would be made up next season - although at that stage it was not confirmed Peel would be at Kingspan Stadium next season.

It would appear Kiss will focus on the director role with Gibbes, whose obvious expertise is with the forwards, focusing on that aspect within his Head Coach remit.